Kyrie Irving over the last few seasons has elevated his game to elite status in the NBA. During this time, he has developed into one of the premier scorers. In a recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue has compared him to a former NBA great.
“(Irving) talks to Kobe a lot. Offensively, he has the same mentality as Kobe. Offensively, like Kobe, he doesn’t have any weaknesses.
“He can go left, he can go right. Shoot pull-ups going right and left. Shoot behind the screen on threes. Catch and shoot. Post up. He has no offensive weaknesses. It is a comparison.”
This is certainly huge praise as Kobe Bryant is regarded as one of the best players of all time. Bryant had impeccable footwork and could score in a variety of ways that was nearly impossible to guard him during his peak years. It’s not surprising to hear this comparison given that Irving has stated repeatedly that he has studied Bryant’s game very closely over the years.
It’s clear that he has taken that and run with it on the court. What is also apparent is that Bryant has had a tremendous impact on his peers with some of the game’s best players such as LeBron James, Paul George, and Kevin Durant all citing him as a major source of influence. As more time rolls by this trend will grow larger with the incoming crowd of players that grew up watching Bryant play.